We Are Not Going to Hell

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I like the Message Version because it is clear and to the point. My ticket to hell has been canceled. It is not my destination.

I’m happy from the inside and from the outside in, I’m firmly formed.
You canceled my ticket to hell—that’s not my destination!
Psalm 16:9-10 MESS

Why was my ticket to hell canceled? Christ died on the cross to cancel our destination, i.e., hell. The Old Testament dispensation did not allow redemption for our sins. Adam and Eve sinned and were cast out of the Garden of Eden. There were no second chances in the Old Testament. Once guilty, always guilty.

When Christ visited the earth in human form, experienced what we experience and then was crucified, He did so to provide a path of repentance and redemption to righteousness. Forgiveness from God is essential for our relationship with God.

The crucifixion of Christ changed our relationship with God. We were no longer bound by the atrocities of sin that man has committed since the beginning of time. In today’s lexicon, ‘God gave us an out.’ If we are truly remorseful for whatever sin we committed, we can go to God in prayer and ask His forgiveness; we will be washed clean. 1 John 1:9 says,

“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”

Psalm 51 stresses that God can blot out our transgressions and cleanse us from our sin. psalms-51-1-2He can create a new heart in us and renew a steadfast spirit within us. He will not cast us away and will not take the Holy Spirit that dwells in us away. He will, upon praying, restore our joy in His salvation and uphold us in Christ.

The Unforgivable Sin

Psalm 51-3The only unforgivable sin is the sin of rejecting God and refusing His offer of forgiveness and new life in Jesus Christ. This is the only unforgivable sin because it means we are saying that the Holy Spirit’s witness about Jesus is a lie.

And everyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but anyone who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven. Luke 12:10

Jesus is God in human form and when we deny Jesus, we are denying God Himself; we limit Him and assume He is unable to save us.

No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known. John 1:18

The main reason it is serious to reject Christ is that Christ is God’s appointed means of (our) salvation. Our greatest need is to have our sins forgiven; if we don’t, we have no reason to expect God to welcome us into Heaven. But by His death and resurrection, Christ provided the way for us to be forgiven and cleansed of all of our sins.  (What’s the Unforgivable Sin? Billy Graham. Billygraham.org, April 12, 2016)

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Praise our God. We are not doomed to go to hell unless we commit the unforgivable sin. Less that, we are not hell bound.

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Scriptures – Biblica.org; Biblegateway.com
Resources – Billygraham.org; Biblestudytools.com; Crosswalk.com

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God’s Presence Is All Encompassing

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Sing (your) morning praise to God. He loves to hear our voice. God is our defense against all ills, daily annoyances, and monumental concerns. He surrounds us with His love and mercy throughout the day and the night, our daily cycle of life.

“God dwells in us, and we dwell in his presence!
All encompassing love.” ~LAB

Doing Good Is Not an Option

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Most of us were taught to do good because it was the right thing to do. It was generally coupled with being polite and kind, normal character traits. But, whose standard’ are we coupled to, mans’ or God’s?

We tell our children to get along with others, be kind, be polite and helpful, all great traits, but as Christians, we are responsible for doing so much more. God sent His Son, Jesus, to earth as a human to show how we should act towards one another. He loves us so much, He sacrificed His Son for us and left the Holy Spirit to dwell in us. He knew that he had to show in human form how He expects us to act towards one another.

God commands us to do good when we have the opportunity. When do we have the opportunity? We live in opportunity, it is not linked to our emotions, it is part of our DNA. Doing good is mentioned over 500 times in the Bible. Jesus displayed being good throughout His life. He helped the poor, wounded, hungry, and displaced.

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Being good is not determined by how we feel or how we are treated. It is God’s command. The caveat is – when we have the opportunity. Opportunity is always present. When we are being mistreated, we still have the opportunity to do good. Jesus was mistreated but treated everyone fairly, He did good to all around Him. Let’s look at this scenario, we woke up this morning, and many of us left home feeling tired. We head to the Underground or subway and if lucky found a seat and sat down. An older person, a homeless person, someone with several bags, or a child and a parent, is standing near. The common reaction is to look away, ignore them and continue to sit in the seat. Would Jesus look away? No, He would do good and give up His seat to provide comfort to another.Helping others2

Scenario 2 -We walk down the street with a scowl/frown on our face. We look or through people, lost in our own stuff. Here again is an opportunity to do good. How? We can smile at passers-by, not with a constant smile frozen on our faces, but intermittently. SmilingWhen people smile at us, it changes our attitude. It does the same for everyone and may be the difference between life and death for some. Think about the term opportunity this way, there was a time when customer service meant a display of a kind demeanor. You would go into a store, and the clerk would say, ‘hello, how can I help you’ with a smile. Your time in the store was pleasant. Today, customer service does not necessarily include these qualities associated with good. Which way would you prefer to be received or acknowledged?

Good is our excellent service to others. The NIV Version reads, “Let us not become weary

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in doing good.” The AMP Version includes not being discouraged if it is not returned. We cannot become disheartened, we cannot let ingratitude affect us. Doing good is not an outward action, it is given birth on the inside.

The full verse also speaks to what we will receive in due time. Again, it is not a carnal
return, but a spiritual one. It has to do with our relationship with the Lord and at the end of our lives hearing, ‘Thank you good and faithful servant.’

Albert Barnes puts it this way: He who becomes a true Christian becomes such for eternity. He has enlisted, never to withdraw. He becomes pledged to do good and to serve God always. No obstacles are to deter, no embarrassments are to drive him from the field. With the vigor of his youth and the wisdom and influence of his riper years; with his remaining powers when enfeebled by age; with the last pulsation of life here, and with his immortal energies in a higher world, he is to do good.

How will you ‘do good’ today? Will you still be pleasant in a toxic work environment? Give up your seat to someone in need? Smile at a stranger? Kiss your loved one on the cheek just because? Tell your children you love them and appreciate them? Put a flower or piece of candy on someone’s desk? Pay the toll for the stranger behind you? Give a homeless person a dollar? Think about what you can do to become a better person by doing good. Think about the characteristics stressed throughout the Bible and especially in Galatians.

Do not let your heart grow cold. This world will have ups and downs. We suffer, and we rejoice depending upon the conditions of the world, nation, city, town, municipality, neighborhood or home. We must not focus on the externals, but on the Word of God. His commandment is to abide in Him and do good.

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Scriptures – Biblegateway.com
References/Resources – StudyLight.org/Albert Barnes/Galatians 6:10

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MY HEART GRIEVES!

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For the longest time, the one thing that grieves my heart more than anything when it comes to death, is a soul that goes before repenting and accepting Jesus Christ as Lord. It fills me with so much pain, and my heart grieves!

PS: I am not trying to be insensitive…

But we all know that after death, such a person has no second chance. It is literally a wrap! And that is why my heart grieves everytime. Because fact is, hell is not a place to wish for ANYONE!

It is painful, and it hurts! Even when I do not know who the person is. It really hurts me. (And I honestly think this is where my ministry will fall.) But that is besides my point.

We need to get to a point where we realize that life comes to an end. And all these things…they ALL come to…

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When GOD is on “mute” …

I believe we have all experienced times when we question if God hears us. This is a good reminder that He does.

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For the LORD hears the needy and does not despise HIS own people who are prisoners. –
📖 Psalm 69:33 📖

Sometimes GOD’S Voice is quiet. Just as if HE is on “mute!” However hard we try, it just feels as if HE doesn’t hear us. Not wanting to talk to us at all.

There can be different reasons for our experience of GOD’S word-arrest: Sometimes our hearts are not set in on HIS wavelength, other times it’s simply not the right time to answer us and quite often a bigger plan is taking shape: a plan we will only understand much later.

The truth is that GOD is never deaf or late. HE will speak to our hearts in HIS time and in HIS way, give solutions, offer comfort, lead us on track. Like the psalmist says in Psalm 69:13:

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Jesus Is Always The Same

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Jesus never changes, He is always the same. Throughout the day remember Jesus is always the same. Our relationship with Him is not dependent upon our feelings, expectations, or daily responsibilities.

Just thank Him when you see Him at work, which is all the time. Look for His infusion in all that you do, and in everything around you.

Our Lord lives in us, the atmosphere, and the universe.

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He is the great ‘I AM’.

  1. I am El-Shaddai—‘God Almighty.’ Genesis 17:11
  2. I am the God of your father, Abraham,” He said. “Do not be afraid, for I am with you and will bless you. Genesis 26:24
  3. I Am Who I Am. Say this to the people of Israel: I Am has sent me to you.” Exodus 3:14
  4. And God said to Moses, “I am Yahweh—‘the Lord.’ Exodus 6:2
  5. “I am the Lord who heals you.” Exodus 15:26
  6. I am the Lord your God, who rescued you from the land of Egypt, the place of your slavery. Exodus 20:2
  7. I am merciful.” Exodus 22:27
  8. “Yahweh! The Lord! The God of compassion and mercy! I am slow to anger and filled with unfailing love and faithfulness.” Exodus 34:6
  9. “If you obey my decrees and my regulations, you will find life through them. I am the Lord.” Leviticus 18:5
  10. “Be still, and know that I am God! I will be honored by every nation. I will be honored throughout the world.” Psalm 46:10
  11. Therefore, this is what the Sovereign Lord says: “Look! I am placing a foundation stone in Jerusalem, a firm and tested stone. It is a precious cornerstone that is safe to build on. Whoever believes need never be shaken. Isaiah 28:16
  12. Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand. Isaiah 41:10
  13. I am the Lord; that is my name! I will not give my glory to anyone else, nor share my praise with carved idols.” Isaiah 42:8
  14. I, yes I, am the Lord, and there is no other Savior. First I predicted your rescue, then I saved you and proclaimed it to the world. No foreign god has ever done this. You are witnesses that I am the only God,” says the Lord. Isaiah 43:11-12
  15. “From eternity to eternity I am God. No one can snatch anyone out of my hand. No one can undo what I have done.” Isaiah 43:13
  16. This is what the Lord says— your Redeemer and Creator: “I am the Lord, who made all things. I alone stretched out the heavens. Who was with me when I made the earth?” Isaiah 44:24
  17. “Remember the things I have done in the past. For I alone am God! I am God, and there is none like me.” Isaiah 46:9
  18. “I, yes I, am the one who comforts you. So why are you afraid of mere humans, who wither like the grass and disappear?” Isaiah 51:12
  19. I am a God who is near,” says the LordI am also a God who is far away. No one can hide where I cannot see him,” says the Lord. “I fill all of heaven and earth,” says the LordJeremiah 23:23-24
  20. “For I am the Lord! If I say it, it will happen.” Ezekiel 12:25
  21. I am the Lord, and I do not change.” Malachi 3:6
  22. Jesus answered, “I am. And in the future, you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of God, the Powerful One, and coming on clouds in the sky.” Mark 14:62
  23. Then Jesus said, I am He [the Messiah]—I, the one talking to you.” John 4:26
  24. “I am the bread that gives life.” John 6:48
  25. I am the light of the world. The person who follows me will never live in darkness but will have the light that gives life.” John 8:12
  26. Jesus answered, “I tell you the truth, before Abraham was even born, I am!” John 8:58
  27. I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives his life for the sheep.” John 10:11
  28. Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me will have life even if they die. John 11:25
  29. Jesus answered, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. The only way to the Father is through me.” John 14:6
  30. “Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me. Or believe because of the miracles I have done.” John 14:11
  31. The Lord God says, “I am the Alpha and the Omega. I am the One who is and was and is coming. I am the Almighty.” Revelation 1:8
  32. “I am the One who lives; I was dead, but look, I am alive forever and ever!” Revelation 1:18
  33. I am coming soon. Continue strong in your faith so no one will take away your crown.” Revelation 3:111
  34. The One who was sitting on the throne said, “Look! I am making everything new!” Then He said, “Write this, because these words are true and can be trusted.” Revelation 21:5
  35. Jesus, the One who says these things are true, says, “Yes, I am coming soon.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus! Revelation 22:20

He is the same today, yesterday, and tomorrow.

Re-Blog – http://www.youngchristianwarriors.com/jesus-is-always-the-same
‭‭Images – YouVersion.Bible.com; LAB Photos
Scriptures – 35 Powerful I am Verses
References/Resources – Deb Wolf, Counting My Blessings.com

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Focus On Today, It Is Enough

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When we pray, we should begin the day knowing God meets all of our needs. If we know this to be the truth, then our focus will be on the victory, the successes, and not the circumstances that prevail around us. Our strength is in knowing God will lead us, comfort us, and carry us when we are weak. 

We can stop worrying because He promised to take care of all of our needs. Seek His Kingdom first. 

“But first and most importantly seek (aim at, strive after) His kingdom and His righteousness [His way of doing and being right–the attitude and character of God], and all these things will be given to you also. “So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
‭‭MATTHEW‬ ‭6:33-34‬ ‭AMP‬‬

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Scriptures – Bible.com

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